Just wondering if anyone has had to deal with this problem with any of their dogs. Guinness seems to have developed in over the past year or so. But, usually only after swimming or an afternoon of wrestling @ the dog park... He doesn't have any incidents when participating in any other activities. The 2 activities I mentioned are his most favourite past times. When he goes swimming.. it's actually the only place I can get him to actually play fetch & retrieve a ball!!! He's like a machine! Only problem is that once he gets goin' he doesn't wanna stop. Even is we don't throw anything in the water for him to go after he swims out & just circles round 'til you throw something for him to get to. Otherwise... he won't come back in.
Just wondering if this is something to be concerned about or if it's a common ailment in dogs. And if there are any that can be done ?
In most incidents he just stops what he's doing & vomits. He'll sit for a few seconds afterward to regain his composure.... but then he runs back & wants to continue with the activity. Not sure if he should be permitted to resume playing etc or not!?!?!??!
It depends what he vomits up. A lot of retrieving labs will swallow water while they are swimming with a bumper in their mouth (especially the really motivated ones) and then after a while will vomit up the pond water. If he is vomiting up food than you need to change the time you feed or exercise. you should always wait a couple of hours or more after you feed him before you exercise him hard. Kibble is also harder to digest than raw and this may effect the amount of time it takes before you can exercise him. If he is only doing this in the heat or warm days he may be suffering heat exhaustion a very dangerous thing in a lab. remember that labs don't do well above 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit and do much better in the cold.
Hope this answers your question.
Kelly G and Amber RN CGC
Maddy used to vomit up her dinner because we fed the dogs first and then played. Sometimes we played with the hose, so she would swallow lots of water and then would vomit up everything in her belly.
We now only do very rigorous play sessions on an empty stomach or after they have had a few hours to digest first.
one thing I forgot to mention in my earlier post was also the possibility of getting bloat from to much exercise on a full stomach especially if fed kibble. Bloat is very dangerous and will usually kill a dog in a few hours. Bloat is associated with dogs that have a big deep chest.
Kelly G and Amber RN CGC